Trade News / U.S. regulatory updates

Posted: Oct 4, 2017

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued CSMS 17-000612 advising, effective November 1st, they will penalize any documented violation of the wood packaging material (WPM) requirements, eliminating its previous policy of allowing up to five (5) violations before taking... Read more >

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Posted: Jan 6, 2015

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced late Monday that in response to a joint request from the ILWU and the PMA, contract negotiations between the two parties will proceed under the auspices of the FMCS “as soon as possible.”... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

The Port of Oakland and its terminal operators are chipping away at their cargo backlog by running Saturday and Sunday gates, and the weekend gate program could remain in effect for another month. Oakland has moved more than 1,000 import... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

Due to a confirmed outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as “bird flu”, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of immediate... Read more >

Posted: Jan 5, 2015

Contract negotiations resumed Monday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association after the holiday recess, but it appears that no significant progress will be made until both parties agree to compromise on the controversial issue... Read more >

Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association entered the weekend engaged at a standoff at Los Angeles-Long Beach as employers plan to reduce the number of longshore crews that will be assigned to work vessels on the... Read more >

Posted: Jan 2, 2015

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has posted the 2015 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to their website. This includes a change record of new HTS which went into effect on January 1, 2015, deleted HTS that expired on December 31, 2014,... Read more >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counselor to the Deputy Secretary Christa Brzozowski has posted an article noting DHS’ priorities in implementing the Single Window [the International Trade Data System (ITDS)] by the December 2016 deadline. One of the U.S. Government’s... Read more >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is proposing changes to the dairy tariff-rate quota (TRQ) import licensing program. If approved, this rule would amend the regulations for importing certain dairy products under low TRQ duty rates.... Read more >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

President Obama has issued a Proclamation affecting trade. Select countries have undergone a status change on whether they will be considered designated countries eligible under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for 2015. Under AGOA the following changes were... Read more >

Posted: Dec 30, 2014

President Obama has issued an Executive Order prohibiting certain transactions with the Crimea Region of the Ukraine. Prohibited are: The import into the U.S. (directly or indirectly) of any goods, services, or technology from the Crimea region of the Ukraine.... Read more >